Rising pop singer/songwriter Annika Wells is offering a magnetic glimpse into her upcoming debut project with her emotional new single “Modern Art”. Listen to the song now below.
The minimalist pop song is a poignant piece of commentary on heartbreak in the digital age. Her voice is soft yet fragile as she tries to absorb the truth of her own words. “There’s no pretty way to break a heart,” she intones in a half whisper over an ominous drone. A delicate beat then kicks up underneath, urging her to share more. “Breaking up is modern art,” she declares, before orchestral strings sweep in as if soundtracking the credits to another sad ending.
The track not only captures the pain of a breakup, but the struggle with having to process it inside—and online. Annika explains that the song “explores the aftermath in the modern age where our relationships are no longer just interpersonal experiences, but digital galleries in which we can curate, arrange, and erase carefully constructed identities. It walks you through the world that’s left after the real break up – the physical evidence, but also the online remnants that are increasingly inescapable in this day and age.”
“Modern Art” is another sparkling showcase of the Los Angeles-based artist’s clever, candid songwriting. Before dropping her Vol. 1/Epic Records debut single—the unapologetic “Fuck Being Sober”—last year, Wells had already proven her chops, penning tracks for acts like Jonas Brothers, BTS, PRETTYMUCH, and Steve Aoki. Her vocals and songwriting have also powered two Billboard dance hits on collaborations with Illenium’s “Nightlight” and Midnight Kids’ “Run It.”
Now, Annika Wells is ready to show off more of her powerful voice as a solo artist. Stay tuned for more new music this year, as she prepares her debut project.